Definition of “warm” - English Dictionary

“warm” in British English

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uk /wɔːm/ us /wɔːrm/

warm adjective (TEMPERATURE)

A1 having or producing a comfortably high temperature, although not hot:

Are you warm enough or do you want me to put the heating on?
I put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm.

A2 Warm clothes and covers are made of a material that keeps you warm:

I don't have a warm winter coat.
Those gloves look nice and warm.

A warm colour is one that is based on or contains a colour such as red, yellow, or orange that suggests warmth.

the warm UK

a warm place:

It's cold standing out there - come into the warm.

More examples

  • Everyone huddled round the fire to keep warm.
  • The mixture of flour, water and yeast is then left in a warm place for four hours.
  • Dissolve two spoons of powder in warm water.
  • The room is so warm it's making me feel drowsy.
  • Put on your red wool cardigan - it'll be nice and warm.

warm adjective (FRIENDLY)

B1 friendly and loving:

They're a very warm family.
He has a lovely warm smile.
I'd like to give a warm welcome to our guests this evening.

More examples

  • The chairperson extended a warm welcome to the guest speaker.
  • He welcomed me with a wide smile and a warm handshake.
  • Such a warm, life-affirming film!
  • She has a very warm personality.
  • Underneath that shy exterior, she's actually a very warm person.
adverb uk /ˈwɔː us /ˈwɔː


He shook my hand warmly.
You're not dressed warmly enough - put a sweater on.
noun [ U ] uk /wɔːmθ/ us /wɔːrmθ/


  • It was so cold that we huddled together for warmth.
  • We stood huddled together for warmth.
  • The sea retains the sun's warmth longer than the land.
  • I've put a T-shirt on under my sweater for extra warmth.
  • I like everything about summer - the light, the warmth, the clothes - the whole caboodle.


I've put a T-shirt on under my sweater for extra warmth.

warmverb [ I or T ]

uk /wɔːm/ us /wɔːrm/

B2 to (cause to) become warm (= less cold):

You're so cold - come and warm your hands by the fire.
Your supper's just warming through in the oven.
We can warm (up) the room pretty quickly with this electric heater.

More examples

  • She squatted on the ground and warmed her hands by the fire.
  • You can soften the butter by warming it gently.
  • He usually warms the end of the stethoscope before listening to the patient's chest.
  • The fisherman warmed his hands against the bowl of hot soup.
  • You can warm the pie in the microwave.

(Definition of “warm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“warm” in American English

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warmadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /wɔrm/

warm adjective [ -er/-est only ] (HIGH TEMPERATURE)

having a fairly high temperature, but not hot:

Warm bread always tastes better.
Just let me sit in the sun so I can get warm.

Warm clothes or covers keep out the cold and make you feel comfortable:

a warm winter coat
a warm woolen hat and mittens

warm adjective [ -er/-est only ] (FRIENDLY)

friendly and affectionate:

Grace is a warm, caring woman.

warm adjective [ -er/-est only ] (COLORS)

art /wɔrm/ (of colors) light and bright, and esp. containing red, yellow, or orange

warmverb [ I/T ]

us /wɔrm/

warm verb [ I/T ] (HIGH TEMPERATURE)

to rise to a higher temperature, or to cause something to rise to a higher temperature:

[ T ] He rubbed his hands together to warm them.
[ I ] The water in the kettle warms quickly.

(Definition of “warm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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